S Korea ex-leader Park and Samsung heir Lee face bribery retrials


Seoul :  South Korea’s top court has set aside part of jailed former President Park Geun-hye’s conviction and ordered a retrial.

The court said separate verdicts should have been reached on the bribery allegations against her and sent the case back to a lower court.

Park was convicted in 2018 of bribery and abuse of power and given 25 years.

The Supreme Court also ordered a retrial for Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong on bribery charges in the same scandal.

It said three horses worth $2.8m (£2.3m) given by Samsung to then-president Park’s friend’s daughter should also have been considered as bribes.

Lee was jailed for five years in 2017 but freed the following year after an appeals court suspended the sentence.